15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

15 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Costa Rica Trip Planner

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Juan Santamaria International Airport, Drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
Drive
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Manuel Antonio
— 4 nights
Ferry
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Santa Teresa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Playa Flamingo
— 4 nights
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Drive to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

— 4 nights
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Tenorio Volcano National Park to see Rio Celeste about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica, get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, witness a stunning natural landmark at Rio Chollin, and admire the sheer force of La Fortuna Waterfall.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos journey planning app.

Newark, USA to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Manuel Antonio

— 4 nights
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Explore hidden gems such as Uvita Beach and Beso Loco Boutique de Playa. Take a break from the city and head to Hacienda Baru Lodge and Playa Biesanz. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Villa Vanilla / Rainforest Spices and see MidWorld Costa Rica.

To find photos and other tourist information, you can read our Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Manuel Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Santa Teresa

— 2 nights
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Carmen and then admire the sheer force of Montezuma Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Playa Santa Teresa, then stroll through Playa Hermosa, and then stop by Tica Surf Bikinis.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Teresa trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Manuel Antonio to Santa Teresa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Playa Flamingo.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Playa Flamingo

— 4 nights

White Beach

The white sand beach of Playa Flamingo has become a go-to tourist getaway by the sea.
Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Hermosa and Costa Rica Sailing Center. You'll get in some beach time at Tamarindo Beach and Playa Conchal. Get out of town with these interesting Playa Flamingo side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Playas del Coco), Playa Avellana (in Playa Avellanas) and Zipline (in Tamarindo). Next up on the itinerary: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Playa Flamingo vacation planning site.

You can drive from Santa Teresa to Playa Flamingo in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Flamingo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.